In March, more than 50 student researchers from Hanoi Agriculture
University (HUA) and Nong Lam University in Vietnam presented the
results of research they conducted as part of a six-month program
led by Cary Trexler,
associate professor of agriculture education.
The grant supported the establishment of a participatory research
class in Vietnam, for Vietnamese undergraduates, to guide them
through projects related to pre-harvest, postharvest, food
science, crop science and food safety. Students’ research was
conducted at Dong Xuan Cooperative in conjunction with the UC
Davis and HUA’s Safe Vegetable and Fruit project, funded by the
USAID Horticulture Innovation Lab.
The students presented their research at two symposia hosted by
the Vietnamese universities. (See photo
gallery here.) In attendance were professors, researchers,
members of the Vietnam Ministries of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Education and Training, U.S. Department of
Agriculture, as well as university leaders, representatives of
the Vietnam Education Foundation, and major donor United States
Agency for International Development. Additionally, the HATCH!
PROGRAM, a community for entrepreneurship, which mentors and
incubates agribusiness and other start-ups, invited agriculture
“The symposia at Nong Lam and HUA represent an important step in
this public private partnership, as well as introducing students
to the interested business community,” Trexler said.
Young said, “What is most novel about this program is that we
have combined the resources of several U.S.-based organizations
into a unified program that meets the future human resource needs
of the Vietnamese agriculture sector and a bold and innovative
program by the MOET (Ministry of Education and Training). UC
Davis is cooperating on another Advanced Program in Environmental
Management at Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture.”
“The students participated in a ‘first of a kind’ agricultural
research symposium,” said Dr. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Phượng, Director
of the Vietnam Education Foundation. Students are enrolled in the
Vietnamese Ministry of Education’s Advanced Programs, with all
instruction based on U.S. university curriculum and taught
in English, preparing students for Vietnam-based future careers
and businesses that are competitive on a global scale.